12 injured as terrorists open fire near Peshawar University

Pakistan: 3 terrorists open fire at Agricultural Directorate near Peshawar University; journalist, security guard among injured

At least 12 people were killed and 38 including two policemen and one journalist sustained injuries who were then shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital.

The attack, which is ongoing, reportedly injured 12 people so far.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, three terrorists were killed in the ensuing operation.

Following the incident, a heavy contingent of police and Pakistan Army troops reached the site and cordoned off the area, besides sealing all roads leading to the directorate.

The army and local police who were summoned to the scene killed all the attackers, who arrived at the Agricultural Training Institute on Friday by rickshaw, the military's press wing said. The clearance operation was launched afterwards.

Agriculture Directorate is located in front of the Agriculture University where gunmen opened fire at and entered the building under the cover of fire. The institute hostel was officially closed on Friday due to the celebrations of Eid Miladun Nabi. The eyewitness, a student, said he and his colleagues ran as fast as they could but two of them were injured in the firing.

Pakistan: 3 terrorists open fire at Agricultural Directorate near Peshawar University; journalist, security guard among injured
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Generally, there are around 400 students at the hostel, but because of the holiday there were only 150 present.

"We were sleeping when we heard gunshots".

Pakistan's Taliban has claimed the responsibility for the attack.

Soldiers stand guard after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar.

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed a series of high-profile attacks in the country in recent years, the deadliest being the Peshawar school massacre that left 151 people dead, including 134 children.

The Taliban are fighting to topple the government and install a strict interpretation of Islamic law. They are loosely allied with the Afghan Taliban insurgents who ruled most of Afghanistan until they were overthrown by US -backed military action in 2001.

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